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PHD2 Camera Support
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NOTE: If you do not see your camera in the list below, or if it is marked as not supported, you may still be able to use it with PHD2. If the camera has an available ASCOM driver (Windows) or an INDI driver (Linux), then you can use the camera with PHD2.
|ASCOM Cameras||Yes||No||No||Linux/Mac available through WINDI|
|Atik 16 series||Yes||No||No||color and mono. If your Atik 16 camera is not recognized by PHD2, try updating to the latest drivers from Atik and try connecting as "Atik Gen3" in PHD2.|
|Atik Gen 3||Yes||No||No||color and mono|
|CCD Labs Q-Guider||Yes||No||No|
|INDI Cameras||Yes||Yes||Yes||INDI camera list|
|Long exposure webcams||Yes||No||No||USB, Parallel, or serial interface|
|Mallincam SkyRaider||Yes||No||No||Connects as a WDM webcam or as an ASCOM camera (download the ASCOM driver from Mallincam software downloads)|
|Meade DSI I, II, or III||Yes||Yes||No|
|Orion StarShoot Autoguider||Yes||Yes||Yes (see here)||Note: How to connect to an SSAG with corrupted firmware|
|Orion Starshoot DSCI||Yes||No||No|
|Orion StarShoot Planetary Imager and Autoguider||Yes||No||No|
|QHY Cameras||Yes||Yes||Yes||(cameras more recent than the QHY5)
QHY Support Info
|SBIG cameras||Yes||Yes||No||SBIG info|
|Simulator||Yes||Yes||Yes||PHD2's built-in camera simulator, great for development and learning PHD2|
|Starlight Xpress cameras||Yes||Yes||Yes||SX info|
|The Imaging Source cameras||Yes||Yes||Yes||On Windows select "Windows WDM-style webcam" or use the TIS ASCOM camera driver. For OSX and Linux, use the TIS INDI Driver. OSX also has a builtin driver (DCAM Firewire).|
|Windows WDM-style webcams||Yes||No||No|
|ZWO ASI cameras||Yes||Yes||Yes||ZWO info|
SBIG cameras only allow a single application at a time to access the camera. If the camera is one of the self-guiding models with a built-in guide camera, then the imaging app controlling the imaging chip will need to provide access to the guide camera. The only app we know of with this capability is Sequence Generator Pro which exposes the internal guide camera to PHD2 as an ASCOM camera.
Starlight Xpress Cameras
On Windows you can connect to your SX camera in two ways: with the ASCOM driver or the PHD2 built-in driver, "Starlight Xpress SXV". If you are using the ASCOM driver and want to use a Bad-pixel map in PHD2, then make sure that you disable the ASCOM driver options Square Lodestar Pixels and Gaussian Blur as these options will interfere with PHD2 being able to identify hot pixels.
ZWO ASI cameras are supported natively on Windows, Mac, and Linux. The cameras can also be accessed with ASCOM or INDI camera drivers. On Linux, the USB 2.0 cameras may require that you flash the firmware version labeled "compatible" Forum Thread.